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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been greeted by British diplomats as their tour of Jordan began.
أهلا وسهلا في #الأردن! صاحبا السمو الملكي أمير ويلز ودوقة كورنوول وصلا إلى عمّان للاحتفال بذكرى #مئوية_الأردن، وبتاريخنا المشترك، والتطلع إلى مستقبل علاقاتنا. #100_عام_من_الصداقة #الزيارة_الملكية_إلى_الأردن @ClarenceHouse @RHCJO pic.twitter.com/OEVTttIR4S
— UK in Jordan 🇬🇧🇯🇴 (@UKinJordan) November 16, 2021
The couple left the UK on Sunday, Charles’ birthday, after attending the national remembrance service at the Cenotaph and have been spending private time in Jordan.
A guard of honour lined the red carpet at Queen Alia International Airport and waiting nearby was a fleet of limousines for the royal entourage.
Charles and Camilla have been asked by the Government to visit the Middle East country and will also tour Egypt over the next four days.
The overseas visit comes after an eventful period for the royal family, with senior members of the monarchy taking part in the recent Cop26 UN climate change conference and concerns being raised about the Queen’s health after she suffered a back injury.
Chris Fitzgerald, deputy private secretary to the prince, has said climate change would be one of the main themes of the visit, and other issues would include inter-faith dialogue, female empowerment and efforts to preserve cultural heritage.
The tour will focus on the climate crisis and will explore how leaders can implement commitments following COP26.
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— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) October 25, 2021
Mr Fitzgerald said: “The first royal tour in almost two years will come at a significant moment in the UK’s relationship with both countries.
“Their royal highnesses will first travel to Jordan, where they will celebrate both Jordan’s own centenary and 100 years of the UK-Jordan bilateral relationship.
“Their royal highnesses’ visit to Egypt comes as the UK holds the Cop presidency and Egypt has been nominated to assume the Cop27 presidency in 2022.
“In this decisive decade for climate action, the next 12 months is therefore expected to see a significant co-operation between the UK and Egypt. Indeed, both visits will have a major focus on addressing the climate crisis.”